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Amy Sedaris: Queen of Cupcakes

Posted: June 27th, 2009 | Author: bakezilla | Filed under: Bakezilla | 4 Comments »


If I have two passionate side interests in my life, they are baking and comedy. In fact, I was just chatting with Johanna last night about a comedian I recently discovered named Liam McEneaney, who is really, really funny. Seriously, you should look up his videos on youtube or something, unless you dislike laughing or being happy. But I digress. Because I love both baking and comedy, I worship Amy Sedaris. She’s hilarious. And none of the recipes from her book: I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence have ever failed me.

In this book, she has cupcake recipes, which I won’t copy here for fear of a lawsuit. But, I can say, they are the best standard/traditional chocolate or vanilla cupcakes recipes I have ever made (sorry, Martha). The cakes don’t come out too dry like those at a certain famous NYC bakery that people go nuts for whose name starts with M and ends with agnolia (yeah, I’m a hater). The frosting is awesome, and so simple! Butter, powedered sugar, a little milk… and she is the one who introduced me to the concept of substituting almond extract for vanilla extract. Such a simple idea, and such an amazing and tasty result! Seriously, try it in any cake or frosting recipe that calls for vanilla. You will not be sorry.

I know cupcakes have been getting so popular among the cool, obnoxious hipster set over the past few years, but cupcakes are so awesome that I forgive them. Easy to transport, perfect for parties where everyone is drinking and the idea of someone having to cut a cake (or anything) with a sharp knife is terrifying, they’re a great dessert.

And you can make any cake recipe into cupcakes. Just grab your cupcake tin reduce the cooking time by about 10 minutes (watch carefully your first time and figure it out) and double the amount of frosting (well, I love frosting, so maybe that’s just me). So your favorite cake recipe (mine is a caramel cake from the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics cookbook) can be made into delicious, perfectly proportioned mini cakes.

A side note, I met Amy at a book signing, where I bought her book for my parents. She wrote “I heard you both could use this book!” on the inside cover. I laughed out loud, and she said, “they’re going to be like, ‘what? no we don’t'” and I said, “oh, they’re my parents, and they throw a lot of parties and they’re wacky.” That’s right, I told a famous person that I love that my parents are nuts. I am just so charming and not at all awkward, aren’t I?

PS While they are a little nuts (and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree), I love my parents dearly and they are in real life, very sweet and lovely people.

4 Comments on “Amy Sedaris: Queen of Cupcakes”

  1. 1 leah said at 2:12 pm on June 27th, 2009:

    i love amy, too! used her vanilla cake and icing recipe for my husband’s bday cake this year and everyone raved! now that ‘i like you’ is in paperback i want to give to to EVERYone.

  2. 2 Johanna said at 5:45 pm on June 27th, 2009:

    I also love Amy. And I love that you told her your parents are wacky. :)
    Let’s have a cupcake party. I make a mean salted-caramel frosting!!

  3. 3 Rita said at 12:08 am on June 30th, 2009:

    I have the entire Strangers With Candy series on dvd! We could each make a different kind of cupcake and watch episodes. Strangers With Cupcakes party?

  4. 4 Adi said at 12:13 pm on July 3rd, 2009:

    Okay, I am apparently not one of the “cool” bakers because I had NO idea substituting almond extract was a THING! I did it accidentally once yeeeeeears ago when I reached for the little brown bottle and didn’t check the label, and I was so impressed with myself I kept on doing it. So maybe I’m just cool and I don’t even know it.

    Although, the times I accidentally used lemon and peppermint extracts were not as delightful. Methinks I should start reading labels..

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